Why Can’t All Life be One Big Wedding?

Readers- It has been quite the hiatus. Most of you probably haven’t noticed! Every once in a while, you nice ones ask me to keep writing. Very kind. Thank you. 

I’m just not going to get dragged into the abyss today. The democrats and main stream media are shameless, and the President is a horse’s ass. Take your pick. I still stand behind my vote for him. Our economy is in much better shape and working men and women have more money in their pockets. The Supreme Court is in a better place and soon will be even better. Don’t argue with me on that one. There is not one iota (not even a scintilla!) of evidence that Judge Kavanaugh is anything but a really good person and a really great judge. I default to my statement regarding the shameless ones.

That is it for politics. My daughter got married two weeks ago. That is a happy thing. There was no controversy. Everyone agreed it was a wonderful time. If only the real world (yes, all of life) could be one big wedding. 

So today I celebrate family. I didn’t lose Clemmie. I gained a great son-in-law. Welcome to the family Maclean. Well, actually I call him Mactavish. Maclean didn’t quite do it for me the first time we met.

 

 

 

 

As most of you know, sons can be a pain in the neck. But they also can bring you a lot of joy-let’s face it, most dads find a way to live vicariously, at least some of the time, through their sons. But when a son turns 21 and starts showing signs that he might actually turn the corner and become a man, it is a really good time to be a dad. Robby, you are becoming that son..

 

 

 

 

 

And then there are the other daughters, Miller and Bar. Miller is the oldest sister, and could not be more different than Clemmie. That is a good thing, because all kids need their own identity. They are only 14 months apart and have fought like cats and dogs since they were babies. But here’s the thing. If anyone ever messed with Clemmie, the first one there to have her back was always Miller.

And Bar, my baby. is a rising senior in high school. Even though we have been down the college road three times before, the stress and intensity of it all does not lessen. You always want the best for your children, and you want them to be happy. That is another reason to ban the real world and make life one big wedding. 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, these kids wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for their mom. Dabney looks happier than Melania, that is all I can say. You are welcome, dear.

 

 

 

 

That’s it. Short and sweet. Wouldn’t it be great if all of life was just one big wedding?

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Letting Pictures Do the Talking

I won’t be too wordy today. The State of the Union address was really good. Consistent with my last tome, (click here if you did not get a chance to read it)  the speech epitomized why we must separate the man from the mission when it comes down to personal likes and dislikes. The mission is what matters for the United States, and the mission is a good one. This administration and a GOP run Congress are doing good things for our country. Keep your eyes on the prize folks.

A month ago, I would have said we are going to get whacked in the November mid-term elections, and we would then have to spend the last two years of the Trump administration’s time in DC parrying with a progressive, hate filled mob led by Nancy Pelosi. Now I am not so sure.

I mean, when the President of the United States celebrates the lowest black unemployment in American history, and the Congressional black caucus reacts as captured in the picture hereon, what exactly is going on? Do they see votes they have taken for granted since 1964 slipping away? Are they petrified that their minority base may actually see a pathway to living some of the American dream? God forbid if the private sector becomes the provider of opportunity, rather than big brother in DC doling out guaranteed outcomes and perpetual unemployment!

Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer are the spokespeople for today’s Democrat party, and they all looked like they had eaten some of that sushi Putin’s goons fed to former KGB agent Litvinenko in London back in 2006. They dressed and acted as though they were at a funeral. The only times they ever came close to clapping about anything was only after they looked around the room to see whether any Democrats were actually clapping. The word “clapping” is a bit of an exaggeration. They managed to make their left and right hands touch upon occasion, if only to see if they could match the sound of a pin dropping. 

If you are reading this article, you care enough to know that Nancy Pelosi called the myriad bonuses American workers have received (as a direct result of passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017) “crumbs” and “pathetic”. Given an opportunity to retract her comments, she doubled down and repeated them a week later. My friends, just how out of touch are these people? $1,000 bonuses represent real money delivered to real people.

We have seen wonderful stories about pay raises, bonuses, repatriated dollars and investment plans/commitments almost every day since the tax bill was passed. This is not a plan for the wealthy. Tax reform will help our hard working middle class, and it will create more employment opportunity for those striving to enter the middle class. You see, a rising tide really does lift all boats. 

The Democrats appear to be stuck on two themes. If it is about taxes, the playbook calls for running campaigns  based on envy and greed. If the topic has to do with any of our pressing social issues, the lens must be focused on racism. Indeed, it seems all Republicans are greedy racists. 

I think the argument is getting really stale, and most (not all) Americans see right through the pitiful, pandering, populist, shameful, insulting nature of the Democrat gameplan. Of course, the mid-term elections will be the litmus test. The GOP needs to run a spirited campaign, and take absolutely nothing for granted. If you are interested about the right strategy for the 2018 mid-term elections, read this article by Newt Gingrich. He is spot on. The GOP has the right message, but it will get no help from the media and it has historically been horrible at communicating the good things it has done for its constituents. Only time will tell whether the Republicans can get the good message across over the next several months.

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Chuck, Shut up. You Sound Like an Idiot!

He has dug his hole so deep he has no way out.

Yes, I am breaking my rule and writing about tax reform for the third consecutive time. Alas, I can’t help it. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are not stupid. They know their personal tax payments are probably going to increase. I know mine will. The difference between Chuck, Nancy and me is that I know those on the upper end of the economic ladder are not getting tax breaks, and the lower middle and middle class are. Well, actually, Chuck and Nancy know that too. They are just too entrenched in the politics of envy to tell the truth to their constituency. Shame on them. 

Immediately following the passage of the tax reform bill yesterday, several Fortune 500 companies announced  they would be distributing bonuses to their employees. I thought it was a moment reminiscent of the Little Rascals. Click here for a 10 second trip down memory lane. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are already feeling the benefit of this tax reform bill, and it hasn’t even taken effect! Click here to read what USA Today had to say. Concurrent with the myriad positive announcements, Mr. Schumer was outlining how the tax bill would have no meaningful impact on America’s working men and women. Click here for that nonsense. Whoops!

Facts are facts, and they are prickly little things when they don’t fit the populist narrative.

Before my centrist friends accuse me of going all hard-ass on them, let me be clear; the GOP is still a fractured lot, and the President manages to boggle the mind with some regularity. But folks, this bill is good for our country, and as its benefits become more and more clear, all but the willfully blind will recognize and acknowledge the benefits. The willfully blind include the likes of Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize winning economist. Check out this article he wrote. An excerpt (if you, as I, feel nauseous reading too much Krugman) now follows. ” The core of the bill is a huge redistribution of income from lower- and middle-income families to corporations and business owners. Corporate tax rates go down sharply, while ordinary families are nickel-and-dimed by a series of tax changes, no one of which is that big a deal in itself, but which add up to significant tax increases on almost two-thirds of middle-class taxpayers.” I left his link to to the progressive Tax Policy Center data intact. Have at it. Krugman has never encountered a Republican policy he doesn’t disdain, and he has been wrong since God was a small child. The discipline of economics has always been too closely linked to political dogma. Paul Krugman is the poster child for that statement.

One can do anything one wants with data. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will rest on its own result-based laurels.  

If the GOP will now muster up the nerve to take on run-away entitlement spending before the mid-term 2018 elections, they may just be able to overcome the general sentiment that they don’t get much done!

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Kaepernick Gone Wild!

The Protest was one thing last year. It is quite another thing now.

What hath Colin Kaepernick wrought? This debate was very black and white (sorry, couldn’t resist) to me last year. Colin Kaepernick chose to use our National Anthem and his fame as platforms to protest what he saw as institutional injustice against black Americans. I disagreed with his decision to use the National Anthem. It seemed to me that his fame gave him plenty opportunity off the field to become as active as he desired in pursuit of social justice. But that was then. This is now.

Allow me to ask you a question. If you ran a business, and your family depended on you to bring home the bacon to make ends meet, how would you feel if one of your employees disrupted your business to make a social statement about an issue very important to that person? Can anyone seriously suggest that you wouldn’t make it very clear to that person that your place of business is not where such disruptions should occur? And can anyone seriously suggest that if that person continued to disrupt your business you wouldn’t terminate that person’s employment? Of course you would.

I cannot tell you how much I wish the President would focus on health care, tax reform, and matters pressing around the world. Weighing in on this situation during his speech in Alabama last Friday night was incendiary and unhelpful to anyone.

People already knew where they stood on this issue. The President of the United States stepping into the middle of the discussion served only to dump fuel on the fire. I guess it is the reaction of the NFL and now most team owners that bemuses me. The talking heads have droned on about how teams on Sunday displayed unity by locking arms together, or in some cases, by staying in the tunnel during the National Anthem. Give me a break! Owners and coaches were scared to death that their players would divide between themselves over the issue at hand, and the result would be implosion on the field. What we saw on Sunday was self-serving unity. 

Why can’t the NFL take a non-political position and make it clear that its players are free to do whatever they want to do on their own nickel!? How can the NFL possibly condone any of this behavior during before, during, or after a game, when players are still in their uniforms, and representing their teams and the league? It is ridiculous.

So here is where I am on the issue. The whole thing is totally bonkers. The President was wrong to step into the breach. The players who are falling into line under the mantle of “unity” are either deluding themselves or too stupid to see they are being used, and NFL leadership, owners, and coaches have lost the plot; full stop.

Let’s get back to honoring our flag and our country and playing football. These players are famous. They can find other times and places to pursue their respective quests for social justice. In short, knock it off!

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Going, Going, Gone!

Nolan Ryan pitching in the 1969 World Series for the New York Mets

You are wondering, “uh-oh, where’s he going with that title?” Fair enough. Well, this is the best weekend of the year in my book. Baseball season starts, and that means every fan of every team has 162 games to live, eat, drink, and sleep thinking about their team. You see, I may live in a football state, but baseball is the American game. Baseball is our melting pot. Nothing beats the boys of summer. Do you follow me? Watch this video of the 1951 Dodgers-Giants playoff game, (won in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the 9th) and tell me you still don’t get it.(Click here for the video.)

Then in an world short of miracles (of the earthly kind) there was the 1969 New York Mets. No one, and I mean no one, predicted this perennial cellar-dweller to be anything but bottom feeding once again as the 1969 season began, and indeed as it progressed into August. But never discount providence! This rag tag group of grizzled veterans, lackluster journeymen, and a very young, talented pitching staff (my Houston friends will recall Nolan Ryan pitching on this team) overcame all odds (and the Chicago Cubs) to win the National League pennant and then they vanquished the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. Perhaps no one personifies what can happen in a single moment in time more than Al Weis, a utility infielder who spent four years with the Mets and batted .191 over that span, amassing a total of 4 home runs. Suffice to say, he was not feared by opposing pitchers when he stepped into the box. But in the 1969 World Series, well, click here to see for yourself.

Of course, nothing is perfect, and over the next nearly 50 years we have seen our share of player strikes, the horrible stain on the game (and some of its best players) caused by steroids, and the big money era which led players to relegate (not blaming them here!) loyalty to team (and fans) to a distant second place as pursuit of personal wealth was the first priority.

But baseball has continued to provide dramatic moments. Who can forget the best championship game ever played? Already you are wondering, right? There was even a book written about it. (Click here for the link to the book on Amazon) It was a heartbreaking loss for Houston Astros fans, but in 16 wild innings it epitomized most of that which is great about baseball.

As mentioned in the opening, baseball has also evolved into a game where star players  hail not just from the United States, from Japan, Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, among other nations.

If only our political disagreements could be settled on the diamond! I can’t quite get over the Republican disfunction exhibited during the Obamacare debacle. We have a Texas Congressman who personifies our problems. He is a member of the Freedom Caucus, and he is unbending in his approach to government. Don’t get me wrong. I favor most of what Louis Gohmert believes in, but his intransigence and unwillingness to compromise is jeopardizing our ability to process the Conservative agenda.  (click here for an example)

To be fair and balanced, I think Ted Cruz, (whose intellect I admire, but whose diplomatic skills I question) does an outstanding job explaining why the Conservative right did not support the House replacement bill. (Click here to see this interview.)

I don’t believe we can fix all these ills at one time. And a step in the right direction is better than the slow-motion train wreck we are now witnessing.

Tax reform is now on the docket. The GOP should be more united on this front, and should be able to do some great things for our economy. The left will employ its throw down redistributionist drivel about the 1% and the rich getting richer. It is all so boring and condescending to  Americans of myriad socio-economic backgrounds who believe in upward mobility. Listen to this clip of DNC chair speaking to his party faithful. He actually says, “Donald Trump, you didn’t win this election.” (Click here) The dems are living in cloud cuckoo-land denial. They are looking under every rock for excuses for their loss, and are either oblivious or choosing to ignore that fact that their candidate was flawed, and their message(s) did not resonate.

Alas, I digress. Because folks, it is baseball season once again, and it is time for hope to spring eternal. Here’s to hoping your team broadcasters will be uttering these words many times about balls hit and not the GOP’s legislative agenda; “And that one is going, going, gone!”

He’s a Horse’s Ass but She is Simply Unacceptable

Donald Trump October 2016We all have certain memories of our parents. My father never  minced words. That trait didn’t always help him, but no one who called him a friend ever thought he was anything but the real McCoy. Whenever someone got under his skin, that person was a “horse’s ass”. I would ask, “Dad, why don’t you like so and so?” Almost inevitably (!), he would answer,”because he’s a horse’s ass.” It was really pretty simple. He didn’t separate the men from the boys. He separated the men from the horse’s asses. (So to speak)

The more this campaign progresses, the more I cannot escape the inescapable; if my dad were alive today, and he were to opine on the subject of Donald Trump, the answer would inevitably be “He’s a horse’s ass!”

You see, Donald Trump is simply unbearable. His behavior is repugnant. He is a mean, school yard bully. He listens to no one, and picks fights with anyone, anywhere, anytime. If attacked or questioned, he lashes out without thinking. He digs himself into holes and then, rather than climb out, he starts filling in the dirt while still in the hole!

What has our nation become? How does a guy like Trump rise to become the Republican nominee? Have we been dumbed down to a society of Kardashians and Real Housewives of New Jersey? Do we really admire characteristics exhibited by the likes of Donald Trump?

I get it. People are mad, and anyone and anything who/that can even remotely be associated with the “establishment” is a virtual pariah. There is no trust in anyone deemed to be from “Washington”. But Donald Trump? Really?

I was watching the Ryder Cup yesterday and marveling at how the gallery booed Rory Mcllroy and was quite relentless in its booing. I had to wonder, “am I watching a golf match?” And then I asked myself, “has Trump opened a huge can of horses’s asses?” I mean, is there no dignity left in our country? Can you imagine how Ronald Reagan or George H W Bush would react to such a total loss of decorum and manners?

We’re talking about the office of President of the United States. On one hand we have a relentlessly ambitious, pathologically liberal, unrepentant liar. Hillary is simply unacceptable. What amazes me is how many people have either forgotten or chosen to forget nearly thirty years of horrendous behavior on her part. To remember, click here. You cannot watch this and seriously tell yourself you are going to vote for her. I dare you.

If we elect Hillary Clinton, we might as well put the last nail in the coffin of Constitutional integrity. Liberal progressives view the Constitution as an obstacle to achieve their goal of social transformation and redistribution. For the left, our American history is a stain on humanity. They want to eradicate the last 300 years. Left to their devices, American history classes in grade school, high school, and college would be sociological studies in the abuses by empire over race and creed. The Protestant work ethic would be an example of elitist racism in a nation built on the suffering of the underclass. Upward mobility would be a fabrication of the gentry to convince those less fortunate to keep working harder. Gone would be the founding fathers. Gone would be the most magnificent governmental experiment in the history of man. Liberals don’t care. They are hell bent on redistribution and eradication of all things that have distinguished our great country. Make no mistake, Hillary is front and center, leading the charge. 

And then on the other hand we have Donald. Oh my God! 

So here I sit, knowing that I will vote for this guy. Cutting to the chase, it boils down to two words and one acronym: Supreme Court or SCOTUS, take your pick; that’s all. It’s that simple. Up to three justices may be replaced in the next four years. (We already know Anton Scalia’s seat is open and waiting on a nominee who will be approved by the Senate.) American people have been handed a game of Russian roulette for the Presidential election. In Hillary’s case, all six chambers of the revolver are already loaded. Pull the trigger and your dead. In Donald’s case, about two of them are loaded. There is at least a chance that you survive. And that is how bad it is. 

For those who may vote for the Libertarian or Green parties, I only say this. Unless you are a diehard Libertarian or environmentalist, you surely know you are throwing your vote into oblivion. In the case of Johnson/Weld, oblivion is near Aleppo. (Click here if you have been living in a cave!)

I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again. Take a shot of Pepto-Bismol, hold your nose, and vote for Trump.